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Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul wins the top award at Dock Burgas

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- Ten titles were competing in the official competition of the Bulgarian historical film event

Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul wins the top award at Dock Burgas
Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul by Francesca Mannocchi and Alessio Romenzi

The Italian-German production Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul [+see also:
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by Francesca Mannocchi and Alessio Romenzi has won the top award at Dock, the International Historical Documentary Film Festival (17-22 September), the second edition of which was hosted by Bulgaria's biggest seaside city, Burgas.

The festival's competition mixed local productions, such as Borislav Kolev's Rock'n'Roll, about the rebellion of the Bulgarian youth through music in the 1980s, with the newest documentaries from cinema greats like Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog. An international jury led by Bulgarian director Iglika Trifonova was tasked with picking the winner from among ten films.

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Besides the competition and documentaries shown out of competition, the gathering also boasted an academic programme organised in partnership with the Regional Educational Administration of Burgas. Local students had free access to screenings of various documentaries about Bulgaria's history and were encouraged to discuss their topics with the films’ directors.

Peter Stoyanovich, the festival’s founder, told Cineuropa that the biggest strength of Dock is its versatility, as “it has a competitive, an entertaining and an academic programme”. Stoyanovich also said that he planned for these three components of the festival “to have a parallel but independent life” at future editions of the event.

As for Lachezar Avramov, the director of A Picture with Yuki [+see also:
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and the artistic director of Dock, he thinks that the selection this year was truly diverse. “The films we screened covered many themes that are essential for everyone searching for answers and trying to understand the world we live in. From politics to music, from poetry to concentration camps, the audience was stimulated, and all of the passionate discussions that followed the screenings proved the pressing need for such an event.”

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